Adult Programs

Planning Your Disney Vacation / Wednesday, May 19, 6:30 p.m. Online via Zoom

Everything you need to know to plan your 2021 Disney vacation!

Rebecca Mitchell is a travel agent who specializes in Disney vacations, and the host of "Rebecca Enchanted," a Disney planning podcast. Her presentation will discuss the different planning stages for putting together your dream Disney vacation, as well as how to get the most for your money when taking a trip to the “happiest place on earth." With plenty of time for Q&A afterwards!

Advance registration required to receive the meeting link. Register here!

The 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic, World War I and Wilson / Wednesday, May 26, 1:00 p.m. Elm Grove Village Park

The year is 1918. Thousands of United States troops are involved in World War I and millions will die. Stateside, an additional war is forming. It is called “influenza” and it will take millions more lives. President Woodrow Wilson must make a choice: to quarantine the troops as the war rages on, or to send the troops over to win the war and hope for the best.    

In this program, historian Jim Gibbons takes you on a roller-coaster ride through the 1910s, including the 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic and World War I, describing the twists, turns, fear, mourning, and joy of a decade that paved the way for the excitement of the Roaring '20s.

NOTE: This program will be held just outside the library on the west side of the building. Please bring your own chairs, as they will not be provided. Attendees are encouraged to wear a face covering and to practice social distancing. Free to attend. No registration needed.

The History of the Hershey Chocolate Company/ Thursday, June 10, 6:30 p.m. Online via Zoom 

Today the name Hershey is synonymous with quality milk chocolate, but that was not always the case. Milton S. Hershey worked hard and failed often before his chocolate company was finally successful. And when he finally became a household name and had earned a vast fortune, Milton and his wife Catherine decided to give it all away. Because of their generosity, tens of thousands of orphans have been saved, protected, and educated.

This free, virtual program is offered in conjunction with the Hartland Public Library. Advance registration is required. You can register by sending an email to egill@elmgrove.lib.wi.us to receive the Zoom program link.

A Walk Down Memory Lane / Wednesday, June 16, 10:30 a.m. Elm Grove Village Park

Come take a walk down memory lane to the days of the 1930s, 40s, and 50s with author Rochelle Pennington. Her historical, lighthearted program will detail everyday life during the bygone years of corner phone booths, party lines, hand-me-down clothes, wringer washing machines, and outhouses. 

Audience attendees will be invited to remember a time when percolating coffee pots, flour sifters, home-baked bread, and suppers prepared from canning jars were part of everyday life. The author’s power-point presentation, featuring vintage photographs, will be complemented by a large collection of antiques she will display.

NOTE: This program will be held just outside the library on the west side of the building. Please bring your own chairs, as they will not be provided. Attendees are encouraged to wear a face covering and to practice social distancing. Free to attend. No registration needed.

Author in the Park, featuring Andrea Bartz / Saturday, July 31, 11:00 a.m., Elm Grove Village Park

In conjunction with Boswell Books, the Elm Grove Library proudly welcomes Andrea Bartz, in conversation with Michael Howard, to celebrate the release of her latest twisty thriller, We Were Never Here.

Since bursting onto the scene with her LA Times-bestselling debut, The Lost Night, and follow-up thriller, The Herd, both featured on numerous “Best Books of the Year” lists, Andrea Bartz has quickly become known as “a master of the timely literary thriller” (BuzzFeed). Now, Bartz invites readers to travel to far-flung places with best friends Emily and Kristen on a backpacking trip with deadly consequences in this “sharp, unsettling thriller about power, obsession, and the inescapable grip of the past” (New York Times bestselling author Megan Miranda).

Join us for a discussion and signing of a book named a most anticipated read of 2021 by Buzzfeed, Marie Claire, and Reader's Digest. This event is free to attend. Pre-order your copy of We Were Never Here through Boswell Books today (to pick up the book at the event, choose "sidewalk pickup" as the shipping option and put "library pickup" in the comments). Books will also be available for sale at the event. Advance registration is strongly encouraged. Register here.

NOTE: This program will be held just outside the library on the west side of the building. Please bring your own chairs, as they will not be provided. Attendees are encouraged to wear a face covering and to practice social distancing.

Wisconsin Lumberjack Legends and Lore / Virtual Program Available On Demand

From Paul Bunyan to the Hodag, this program is filled with all of the Lumberjack traditions, superstitions, and legends. From tall tales of mysterious creatures lurking in the woods, boasts of supernatural feats, and every yarn in-between, this program celebrates our lumberjack history. Presented by Chad Lewis. Watch the program!